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February is Heart Month. While most people think of romance, February is also a time to think about heart health. According to the American Heart Association, in 2003 there were over 71 million Americans with one or more forms of cardiovascular disease such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. That same year cardiovascular disease claimed 910,614 lives, representing 37.3 percent of all deaths or 1 of every 2.7 deaths. If it sounds like a lot, you’re right. However, death from cardiovascular disease actually declined over 22% between 1993 and 2003, which means there’s hope. Every day researchers make great strides towards eradicating this indiscriminate killer. Even with a family history of heart disease, everyone can do a great deal to stave off heart disease. To give yourself a healthier heart, follow these tips from Anthony DeMaria, M.D., Director of the Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center.
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